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VOICES Public Event Portugal

23 November 2013
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VOICES outcomes will be disseminated in Lisbon as a key part of Portugal’s National Science and Technology Week, directly after the Ecsite Directors’ Forum which brings together science centre and museum directors from across Europe. The public event combines three distinct elements: an exhibition, a Maker Faire and a conference.


Conference: Engaging Citizens, Zero Waste, R&I: the VOICES project
Join an interactive conversation in the Ciencia Viva Auditorium, organised in three thematic panels with the participation of a range of stakeholders. “Engaging European Citizens in Science – the Voices project” will bring together focus group participants, citizens, local authorities, municipal waste processing services and companies. “Zero Waste Society – a vision for Europe” unites policymakers, European representatives, NGOs, artists, philosophers and thinkers. Lastly, “Urban Waste Research and Innovation – the Portuguese experience” invites engineers, researchers and entrepreneurs to give their take on the VOICES outcomes.

Exhibition: The VOICES Exhibition
What do the Portuguese really think about urban waste? Using 250m2 of the Pavilion of Knowledge’s main hall, come and discover VOICES goals, processes and results, together with a view of the outcomes of the Portuguese focus groups. Stand-up panels, large photos and multimedia LCDs provide the visitors with an insight into specific Portuguese findings. The VOICES focus group participants will be present to share their experience as part of the consultation process.

Workshops: Tec Garage Maker Faire
The Tec Garage Maker Faire occupies the 500m2 of the Pavilion of Knowledge garage, hosting a hands-on do-it-yourself demonstration. Come and try out creative ways to reuse technological urban waste. This event is a partnership with the University of Lisbon (Instituto Superior Técnico), Instituto Superior de Robótica and the European Recycling Platform. Make new objects out of the available gadgetry or join ongoing demonstrations by science and technology practitioners.

Workshops: Kids Maker Faire
The Kids Maker Faire will occupy the Pavilion’s main hall. Eight classes of 8-10 year-olds from the Ciencia Viva School, together with their teachers and families, will participate in a showcase of innovation and experimentation. The public can join the making process too, learning from and working alongside the kid makers. The Pavilion of Knowledge’s TINKER exhibition provides the perfect place to prepare their maker products, with the help of the TINKER explainers.


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VOICES was a ground-breaking consultation, using the opinions of people across the EU to shape the future of European research. 1,000 citizens participated in focus groups run by Ecsite members, expressing their hopes, fears, concerns and ideas on the theme of urban waste. The results of this consultation have directly informed policy, as they were fed into several research calls for the EU Horizon 2020 funding programme.